Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Well 2010 is off to a good start and I hope it continues that way. I am very excited to be participating in my very first art gallery exhibition. The event is celebrating Bangor, Maine's 175th Birthday and will be running January 15 throu April 15 2010. I am 1 of 10 women photographers who will be in the show.
The photo to the left is of one of the buildings in Downtown Bangor. I don't know if you can quite see it, but there is something looking out the bottom window.
You know when this year first rang in I had awful doubts about my photography future, but I have had a slight turn for the better and hopefully it continues.
When I switched to digital photography I thought for sure that I wouldn't be able to continue my handcoloring using traditional handcoloring techniques, but thanks to Dianne Poinski I have found paper that I can print on using my inkjet printer and using panpastels to handcolor. I do have a lot of practicing, but it will be well worth it. So that makes me very happy.
I am slowly getting connected with the right people. I do want to give a huge thanks to my photographer friend Lori. She has been a true friend and mentor to me. She inspires and encourages me constantly. I ask for input and she gives me honest answers. She is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! But don't tell her I said that. I am very thankful for her.
I have to try harder to stay in touch and keep updating.
Have a nice day everyone!


  1. That's interesting. I hadn't realised any kind of drawing or painting on inkjet prints is possible.

    Are those particular pastels necessary to achieve this or is it just the change of paper that makes it 'work'?


  2. Traditionally I would have printed on b&w fiber base paper with a matte finish-then I would use a solution called PMS to wipe over the entire photo then use pencils and smooth out the lines with cotton balls. With inkjet papers I can't do that. So I finally found a paper smooth enough and pastels are used most often for a softer look. The panpastels are easier to use since they are in a powder form already where pastel chalks if you will have to be shaved to a powder for easier use. Does that help?

  3. Thanks for explaining - except I don't yet quite understand. I've never tried pastels on photos but the paper one buys for drawing with pastels is rougher than ordinary paper so the powder is caught in it. However, you use smoother paper and that puzzles me.


  4. There is some texture to the paper, but you can hardly tell. It looks pretty smooth, And after I have finished coloring the photo I would use a fixative to keep it permenant. The paper is a portfolio 100% cotton rag made by Museo.